The EcoVadis methodology consists of 3 steps: questionnaire, analysis, results.
It is based on international sustainability standards, notably the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and the ISO 26000 standard, covering more than 160 countries.
Companies can be assessed by EcoVadis on their own initiative, or at the request of one of their clients.
Companies wishing to obtain EcoVadis certification receive a questionnaire adapted to their sector of activity, country and size. They then have 6 weeks to answer the questionnaire and provide all the documents that will support their answers (gender equality policy, ISO 14001 certificate, among many other things).
EcoVadis then analyses the questionnaires and consults various sources and stakeholders to ensure the reliability of the rating.
Finally, EcoVadis assigns a score to the company according to its sustainable performance, its degree of maturity on CSR issues and its ambitions in this area. The result is accompanied by an evaluation sheet and an action plan that will allow the evaluated company to improve its performance and its approach.